Love It, Hate It — School using fingerprint scanners for attendance
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A school district in Florida has ditched the traditional “raise your hand if you’re present” approach for school attendance with a new, controversial method — fingerprint scanners.
Months after installing the electronic tracker the school district says attendance is up but some consider the fingerprint scanners an identity theft issue while others just say they’re downright creepy.
Michael Trei, writer at DViCE fumed about the attendance method, ”It seems like a sad commentary if you need to treat students like prisoners to get them to attend.” Others, like Chipley High School superintendent Sandra Cook considers the scanners “one of the most monumental things” the district has ever done.
Do you consider fingerprint scanners recording attendance at school innovative or scary?
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Blueeyedsweetpea on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm
You know what that is sad and degrading to the students that actually attend school and show up instead of ditching.. they shouldnt have to do this if the kids want to ditch its their choice but they will regret it later in life when they cant get a job because they didnt finish highschool or middle school because they ditched to much or dropped out… this is really sad.
izaya_orihara on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm
I wouldn’t even agree to let them scan me. Its creepy. O.o
hotaussieboi23 on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 3:56 am
Biggest waste of money ever.
CaseyStellar on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 1:52 am
Not unfimiliar with extreme truancy myself, no scanner is really going to boost intendance at any school. Any recording system will get the job done. I’m pretty sure their numbers haven’t increased at all. There was just simply a communication error amongst the teachers & students. It may have cleared up attendance taking errors, but I highly doubt it inspired students to show up more.
With regards to identity theft, many Americans in general do unsafe things with our identity such as simply surfing the net & using our mobile devices.
deuceiswild on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 12:51 am
That’s just wrong
FernsBurns on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 12:43 am
My school is too poor as well.
But I don’t see how this improves attendance?!?
Just because I have to scan in my finger doesn’t mean I’m going to school less!
hollay25 on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm
Thats a bit personal for public school. I would wanna go less if they did that at my school. No thanks to the creepy scanners.
diana14fl on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm
that would never work out not enough money in most schools
MelStar88 on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm
My school is broke as heck
alexiswashere on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm
Rich people problems.